All over Germany millions of people flock to church at Easter. But during the coronavirus crisis, places of worship must remain closed. FOCUS Online, Bayerischer Rundfunk and DOMRADIO provide livestreams of Easter Masses, thus bringing the church services home.
In cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk and DOMRADIO, FOCUS Online, Germany's largest digital service with 33.63 million monthly users (AGOF data for March 2020), broadcasts the Easter services live: On its homepage and on Facebook from well-known places of worship such as Cologne Cathedral and St. Peter's Square in Rome. This service is not only aimed at believers of all denominations. Everyone is welcome to pause, reflect and look towards a better future.
The comprehensive Church@Home program is a digital interpretation of Easter. It cannot replace religious or family gatherings but strengthens the community until a physical meeting is possible again.
The livestreams take place from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday. They are another component of the campaign "#CoronaCare: Germany helps itself". FOCUS Online created this nationwide solidarity network to give hope during the coronavirus pandemic, link helpers with those seeking help and enrich everyday life in isolation. The campaign is supported by numerous aid organizations, celebrities and politicians.
An overview of the church service broadcasts on focus.de:
- Good Friday, 3 pm
Celebration of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ from Cologne Cathedral
- Holy Saturday, 10 pm
Protestant service for the Easter Vigil from the Ascension Church in Munich-Sendling with EKD Council Chairman Heinrich Bedford-Strohm
- Easter Sunday, 10 am
Pontifical Mass with Cardinal Woelki
- Easter Sunday, 12 o'clock
Pope Francis with the blessing "Urbi et Orbi" from the Vatican in Rome
- Easter Monday, 10am
Mass with Bishop Schwaderlapp from Cologne Cathedral
AGOF daily digital facts im Einzelmonat März 2020